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Strode College students fundraise for charity challenge project

Level 3 Extended Diploma Health and Social Care Students from Strode College have raised over £1,000 for various charities related to their studies, through a series of events over the last couple of months.

The students, who are currently in their second year of their course, were asked to carry out a charity challenge as a teamwork exercise to feed into two units of their BTEC Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care – Personal and Professional Development and Vocational Experience.

The challenge itself was to work as a team to pull off an event that involved raising money for a relevant health and social care charity and then reflect on the learning experience in a written piece of work.

The Year 2 cohort of students were split into seven individual groups, each with their own chosen charity to raise money for and were given a set period across October and November to host their event. Altogether, they managed to collectively raise a fantastic amount of £1,440.

The students chose charities ranging from Women’s Aid, Alzheimer’s Society, Cancer Research UK, Brothers in Arms (a men’s mental health charity), The British Heart Foundation, The MS Society, Children in Need and Heaven’s Gate (a local animal sanctuary, as this relates to people’s wellbeing and is currently under threat of closure). Events included sponsored walks, a Halloween party, cake sales, a charity band night, and a bingo night.

Anita Johnson, their tutor and Course Manager for the Extended Diploma in Health & Social Care, said: “The events the students ran were amazing showing maturity and their ability to work as a team which is imperative when working in the caring environment. They raised a substantial amount of money between them which was absolutely fantastic.

“This task has been run a number of times over the last few years however the students this year clearly enjoyed the activity and put their heart and soul into the task. I am incredibly proud of their achievements and they deserve recognition for their selfless commitment to the causes they raised money for.

“Many of the students are planning the next stage of their lives with applications underway to study adult nursing, midwifery, paramedic science, social work, psychology, teaching and other health related fields, apprenticeships and employment. They should be really proud of themselves.”

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